Theoretical Courses

Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuropsychology

The aim of the Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuropsychology course will be to show how the investigation of people with impairments of cognition may help to learn more about normal cognitive processes and their neural signatures. It will focus on behavioral, neuroimaging and neuroanatomical studies on special population in human adults.

How the Brain Tells Time

This course will offer an overview of the state of the art of the neuroscience of time, from theoretical models to empirical data. Particular emphasis will be given to the perception of time. 

Introduction to Systems and Computational Neuroscience: Evolution of Neural Computation

The course delineates the evolution of the vertebrate nervous systems, with a particular focus on mammals and among them on the human lineage.

Introduction to Systems and Computational Neuroscience: Tactile Perception

This course focuses on the basic principles of organization of the sensory pathways and their target regions of cerebral cortex.

Introduction to Systems and Computational Neuroscience: Visual Perception

The course focuses on the structure and functions of the mammalian visual systems, with a special emphasis on shape processing and object recognition.

Learning, Inference, and Prediction in the Brain

This course is an introduction to the brain as a predictive organ. The brain learns about its environment and infers the state of that environment in order to predict it, which will help ensure its own survival.

Probabilistic Learning and Reading

The course offers an introduction to probabilistic learning -- how does the brain take up regularities in the world around it. We will ask questions like -- what is it that the brain is really learning? Do we actually code for probabilities? Do we build higher-order units for recurring clusters of fundametal objects? We will try to cut across behavioural experiments, neuroimaging, animal electrophysiology and computational modelling, and take what we can learn (or can't learn) from each of these techniques.

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